Kathy Milam named Executive Director of Community Foundation

DANVILLE, VA- Katherine “Kathy” Milam has been named the new Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.

Milam is currently the Executive Director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and previously served as agency grant writer for the Danville Pittsylvania Community Services.  She is a graduate of Emory University and has lived in Danville since 1990 with her husband, Judge Joseph Milam. Kathy is a certified paralegal and certified in nonprofit management through Duke University Continuing Studies. She is active in several long-standing civic organizations, and is past president of the Danville Riverview Rotary, Garden Club of Danville and Danville Concert Association.

Debra Dodson is retiring after serving 20 years as the Executive Director of The Community Foundation. Bob Wiles was the first director who helped to found the organization.

“We are so pleased to welcome Kathy Milam as our next Executive Director,” said Board President Charles Strauss. “We feel confident she will continue to build the region’s trust in The Community Foundation.”

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area. The Community Foundation has assets of more than $35 million and has awarded more than $21 million in grants and scholarships.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds to benefit any geographic area, our primary service area is Danville/Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. Donations are also being sought to build up resources for South Boston/Halifax County, with consideration being given to other neighboring counties.

For more information contact the Foundation office at 434-793-0884 or visit www.cfdrr.org

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George A. Grekos Scholarship started with Foundation

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2019 January E-Newsletter

Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance begins scholarship with Foundation

(Danville, VA) – The Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance has begun a scholarship with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.  The Scholarship will support Danville/Pittsylvania County graduates who are pursuing medical fields of study.

The Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance began in 1926 and is the third oldest such alliance in the state. For more than 80 years, they have supported the community but the organization is now dissolving and wants to create a permanent scholarship to continue their good work.

“We are so pleased to accept this fund on behalf of Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance,” said Debra L. Dodson, executive director of The Community Foundation. “We were impressed that they recognized the opportunity to build a scholarship to create a lasting legacy to their  work.”

Alliance members are seeking additional donations to help them reach the minimum to permanently endow the scholarship. Friends and associates can support the Fund by sending donations to The Community Foundation, c/o the Academy of Medicine Alliance Scholarship, 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541 or made online at www.cfdrr.org. Scholarship applications will be accepted after the fund has been endowed for one year.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area. The Community Foundation has assets of $36 million and has awarded more than $22 million in grants and scholarships.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds to benefit any geographic area, our primary service area is Danville/Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. Donations are also being sought to build up resources for South Boston/Halifax County, with consideration being given to other neighboring counties.

For more information on the Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance Scholarship or The Community Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 434-793-0884 or visit its web site www.cfdrr.org

Representing the Danville/Pittsylvania Academy of Medicine Alliance, Physician Spouse Support Group “Alliance” are

(l.to r.) Meeti Nigam, Dimpal Patel, and Michaela Kotlaba.

December 2018 E-Newsletter

G. Brooks Powell, Jr. Police Community Engagement Fund Established with Community Foundation

DANVILLE, VA- The G. Brooks Powell, Jr. Police Engagement Fund is being established with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region through a generous donation by Kickback Jack’s Restaurant.

The Fund is in memory of G. Brooks Powell, Jr.’s lifetime support of the police department and will accept gifts to support the community and youth engagement programs of the Danville, VA Police Department.

“The Danville Police Department greatly appreciates this generous gesture by Kickback Jacks and is pleased to partner with The Community Foundation to strengthen our community and youth engagement programs,” said Danville Police Chief Scott Booth.

“We are excited to help build this fund on behalf of the Danville Police Department,” said Debra L. Dodson, Executive Director of The Community Foundation. “We hope other businesses, organizations and individuals will donate to this important cause.”

Anyone who wishes to help build the G. Brooks Powell, Jr. Police Community Engagement Fund can also support the Fund by sending donations to The Community Foundation, c/o the Police Engagement Fund, 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA  24541.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is an independent, public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of local civic leaders to gather permanent funds to support our area. The Community Foundation holds assets of $37 million and has awarded more than $22 million in grants and scholarships.

While the Foundation works with donors to establish funds to benefit any geographic area, our primary service area is Danville/Pittsylvania County, Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina. Donations are also being sought to build up resources for South Boston/Halifax County, with consideration being given to other neighboring counties.

For more information on the Caswell Family Medical Center Endowment Fund or The Community Foundation, contact the Foundation office at 434-793-0884 or visit its web site www.cfdrr.org

Community Foundation Showcases Continued Growth

DANVILLE, VA –The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region highlighted its continued growth at its Appreciation Luncheon held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

Debra Dodson, Executive Director, stated, “In this season of thanksgiving, we are so thankful for our more than 4,000 donors that have built a thriving community foundation for our region.”

Since 1996—The Community Foundation has received $12.2 million in bequests and awarded $20.2 million in grants and $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,100 students!

2017 Highlights
a) Receiving gifts of $2,686,514 from hundreds of donors
b) Awarding 100 student scholarships of more than $196,000
c) Awarding 194 grants of $1,010,003 to area organizations
d) Continuing to build the Fund for Halifax County
e) Convening a quarterly Funders Forum
f) Helping to support the opening of the Pittsylvania Pet Center
g) Hosting continuing education for area professional advisors
h) Adding 13 New Funds since July 1, 2017
• Robert R. Blackwell and Virginia M. Blackwell Scholarship
• Caswell Family Medical Center Endowment Fund
• Fairview United Methodist Church Scholarship
• Jack W. Hall Memorial Fund
• Hart Street Fund
• Ruby Sartin Hovatter Scholarship
• Helen and Webb Maddux Fund
• Doug Massey Fund
• Laurie S. Moran Rotary Service Fund
• Riverview Rotary Endowment Fund
• Tony and Steve Smith Blanch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund
• Stratford House Fund
• Tunstall Academic Boosters Club Scholarship

Scholarship donors, Gail and Walter Gunn, spoke about what inspired them to create the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship in 2015. This scholarship is for local African American students with a preference for those studying business or with an entrepreneurial interest. Thus far, the Gail and Walter Gunn Scholarship has awarded three scholarships to students attending University of Pennsylvania, Guilford College and Averett University.

Pat Daniel, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke about the impact Community Foundation grants have made on Big Brothers Big Sisters. 2006 was the first year The Community Foundation awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters a grant, which was to support programming on sexual abuse prevention and awareness as well as anger management. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters has received more than 10 grants totaling $125,550.

A special video recognized two scholarship recipients, Danielle Jeffers and Brent Jones, who spoke briefly about how the scholarships they have received over the past years allowed them to attend the university of their choice. Without the help of the Roy L. and Mary G. Doss Scholarship and the Steven Bruce Daniels, Jr. Scholarship, both of which are renewable for four years, Danielle and Brent may not have been able to pursue their dreams of furthering their education.

The Community Foundation’s mission is to improve and enrich the lives of people in our community by encouraging the generosity of donors. Donors may establish their own endowment fund to support particular areas of interest or may make unrestricted gifts to any existing fund.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA 24541, (434) 793-0884 or visit their web site www.cfdrr.org.

November 2018 E-Newsletter